HONOLULU — Entering the season, Jimmy Walker had a frustrating 19 career top-10 finishes in 187 PGA Tour starts without a victory.
It took just six events of 2013-14 for Walker to win not once but twice.
Walker two-putted for par from 7 feet on the 18th hole to card a 7-under 63 on Sunday to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by 1 shot over runner-up Chris Kirk.
“Today was awesome,” Walker said from Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. “I felt in control all day.”
Walker, who won his first career event at the season-opening Frys.com Open, birdied Nos. 13, 15, 16 and 17 to fly up the leaderboard. He finished at 17 under and picked up 500 FedExCup points to vault into the FedExCup lead.
Kirk (66) needed an eagle to tie Walker on the final hole, hitting his second shot from 224 yards on the par-5 18th to about 20 feet short of the hole on the fringe. From there, Kirk chipped to 6 feet and made the birdie putt to take solo second.
Jerry Kelly carded a 65 to finish solo third at 15 under. It was Kelly’s highest finish since he placed third at the 2011 Honda Classic.